Ms Sandrine Giroud

Sandrine Giroud

Lawyer biography

Switzerland, 2008
English , French , German
Investigations, Regulatory & Compliance
White Collar Crime
Public International Law
Private Wealth
Banking & Finance
Asset Recovery & Insolvency
Art & Cultural Property
Business & Human Rights
Sandrine Giroud joined LALIVE in 2009 and is a partner of the firm since 2017. She specialises in domestic and international litigation, with a focus on commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery, white collar crime, mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal matters (including extradition), art and cultural property, trust and estate, media law, as well as public international law (including immunities from jurisdiction and enforcement) and human rights.
She regularly advises and represents companies and individuals in the recovery and protection of their assets through provisional measures, freezing orders, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements and awards, cross-border insolvency proceedings or execution of contracts as well as compliance procedures and internal investigations. As part of her practice, she also represents collectors, art market professionals and museums on dispute resolution and transactional matters in art. Her experience in the management of particularly sensitive matters allows her to tackle not only legal but also strategic aspects such as reputation and media.
Sandrine Giroud is a member of various professional bodies namely the Geneva Bar Association (ODA), the Swiss Bar Association (FSA/SAV), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Geneva Association of Business Law (AGDA). She is a member of the Executive Board as well as President of the Human Rights Committee of the Geneva Bar Association (ODA). She also acts as officer of the IBA Litigation Committee since 2015. Passionate about art, she is a member of various organisations in this field such as the board of the Swiss National Museum, the Board of the Art Law Foundation (which she has co-directed from 2014 to 2017), the Task Force of the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM), as well as the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM). She is a regular speaker at international conferences and frequently publishes on matters related to her fields of expertise.
Sandrine Giroud is recognised as an expert by Who’s Who Legal in Litigation, Asset recovery and Private client as well as by Legal 500 in Litigation and Banking and finance.
Before joining LALIVE, Sandrine Giroud worked as a legal adviser at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice in Berne (2006-08). She graduated from the University of Fribourg (2003) and studied at the University of Bristol (2000-01) as well as at the International Humanitarian Law Unit of the University of Nottingham (2004). She also holds an L.L.M in International Dispute Resolution issued jointly by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2009) and a STEP advanced certificate in the law of trusts (2012).


Private Client & Offshore Services

Preventive approach to incapacity issues
Switzerland | 28 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed issues of life and death at the forefront of people's minds, with many people requiring intensive medical care which may deprive them of their capacity of judgement and require others to take decisions for them. This time of significant change is an opportune moment to consider the importance of taking preventive steps before a state of incapacity arises to ensure that individuals' wishes are respected, as well as the various means available to do so.

Art-secured lending: maximising liquidities opportunities for private art collectors
Switzerland | 09 April 2020

With COVID-19, investors who are facing cash calls and liquidity squeezes in other asset classes might be looking to realise some liquidity from their unsecured, unleveraged artwork collections; despite valuation risks, this could therefore be a time when investors turn to art loans to provide them with much-needed liquidity. Concluding an art-based loan agreement under Swiss law offers many advantages, and it will be interesting to see how this loan product fares in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

Swiss free ports: still a safe house for private clients' trophy assets?
Switzerland | 05 March 2020

Private clients who want to resort to the services of Swiss free ports are facing greater transparency. They should be aware of the anti-money laundering obligations imposed on the dealers and financial intermediaries with which they trade, particularly regarding due diligence enquiries to which they could be subject. However, despite stricter regulation, Swiss free ports continue to offer many advantages.

Game changer for Swiss trustees: new licensing obligation from 2020
Switzerland | 19 December 2019

From 1 January 2020, the Swiss Financial Institutions Act and the Swiss Financial Services Act will become law and introduce a regulatory regime for trustees operating in Switzerland, obliging them to obtain an authorisation to carry out their activities. The new regime should reinforce the general reputation and competitiveness of Switzerland as a financial centre and boost the Swiss trust industry's quality, integrity and accountability.

Art collectors' alert – landmark Supreme Court ruling on returning artworks illicitly exported to country of origin
Switzerland | 29 August 2019

Estimated at $67.4 billion, the art market has become a global playing field for ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals to invest their assets. Yet, lack of harmonisation of national legislations on the protection of cultural property may hamper collectors' pleasure in moving their art around the world. In a recent decision, the Swiss Supreme Court clarified the requirements to be met by countries of origin when requesting the return of artworks allegedly illicitly exported by their legitimate owners, thus absent any issues of ownership.